Welcome to the site of the TikkunTree Project, a community knittivist art project dedicated to advocacy of peace between Jews and Palestinians in Israel and Diaspora. With the contributions of many, the TikkunTree’s foliage will be abundant, overwhelming, inspiring. It’s leaves and branches will shelter doves, and it’s canopy will guard a silent candle vigil from the winds of conflict. Please knit, crochet, sew, embroider, tat, and make for peace!
The Concept: To create a communally-produced peace tree, by suspending countless knitted (or crocheted, or embroidered) leaves, olives, and doves, from a knitted tree trunk structure. The project will also include a hand-made candle-light vigil to surround the tree.
Participants: Anyone who can knit, crochet, embroider, or sew, and has an interest in mid-east peace in general, and in peace in Israel in particular. That should cover us all!
The Purpose: This project will be a community art project inspired by the destruction of olive tree groves during the continued occupation and settlement of Palestinian territories by Israel; until its eventual exhibition, the TikkunTree is intended to have a continual virtual life as a vehicle for conversation about pieace, and to make intermittent appearances in knitting circles and community groups as it grows.
Its purpose is to spread public awareness, encourage thought, and inspire discussions about the continued hostilities between Jews and Palestinians, the effects of occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, and current events in the mid-east, without promoting a specific view. This project is also intended to support the livelihood of Israeli Jewish and Palestinian West Bank shepherds by encouraging the use of Peace Fleece yarns for any aspect of the project. (All proceeds from participants’ purchase of Peace Fleece Baghdad Blue yarn benefits the remarkable bi-cultural community of Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam (Oasis of Peace), thrice-nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, offering additional support for the courageous peacebuilders in Israel/Palestine.)
This project began on September 16th, 2007.
Inspirations: This project is inspired by
- the courageous and remarkable efforts of Jewish and Palestinian citizens and activists in Israel and Diaspora who have been working toward peaceful coexistence, such as Combatants for Peace, the community of Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam, the NIF/Shatil, and many others, some of whom are listed here), and
- the many recent knittivist community needlework projects, including the pink tank, knitnotwar 1,0o0 Project , Knit a River, and the Red Sweater Project
About our header: many, many thanks to Armenian tile artist Neshan Balian for permission to use the image of his “Olive Tree of Jerusalem” mural (link here). Shterakravetsun Balian!
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